Alzheimer’s Disease

针对机能不全者编制的法律计划 (Legal Issues in Planning for Incapacity)

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Demencia (Dementia)


En la comunidad médica se emplea el término de "demencia" para describir a los pacientes con trastornos de la capacidad intelectual. Los pacientes de demencia también pueden clasificarse según padezcan de demencia "presenil" o "senil", "síndrome cerebral orgánico" o "crónico", "arteriosclerosis" o "atrofia cerebral". Es importante señalar que la demencia no es una dolencia normal del proceso de envejecimiento. Los trastornos de demencia son provocados por procesos patológicos anormales y pueden afectar tanto a las personas jóvenes como a los ancianos.

Caregiving FAQs

El cuidar durante una crisis (Caregiving During a Crisis) - Spanish

Los periodos de crisis provocan reacciones emocionales y físicas en todo el mundo. Después de los eventos del 11 de septiembre muchos de nosotros nos encontrábamos distraídos, inseguros o con el sentimiento que habíamos perdido el control sobre la vida. Las emergencias, aún las que son menos catastróficas que los ataques de septiembre, producen emociones conflictivas y estrés. Los individuos con demencia también responden a las emergencias y sus reacciones pueden causar más estrés para la familia y la persona que proporciona el cuidado.

FAQ: Is there a test for Alzheimer's Disease?

Dear FCA,

My mother has Alzheimer's disease and now it looks like my uncle (Mom's brother) may also have it. It's very hard on our family. But even more, I'm getting nervous about my own risk of developing the disease. I'm 39 and am already starting to worry about this. I've heard there is a test you can take to find out if you're going to develop Alzheimer's. How can I find out more about this test?

Ask an Expert: Repeating

Dear FCA:

My husband Ted had a series of mini-strokes. He can carry on a conversation some times. But other times I've noticed that Ted gets "stuck" on a subject and tends to repeat the same thing over and over again. He could ask when dinner is 25 times or more. It's so frustrating. I don't know what to do to get through to him. If I get angry, it just seems to make him upset too. Can you offer me any advice?

FAQ: "More Help"

Getting Sibling Help with Caregiving

Q: My siblings are of little help to me in taking care of our father, who has Alzheimer's. We all live in the same town. How can I get more help – even just moral support or an occasional visit – from them?


FAQ: "Agitated"

Dear FCA:

My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease two years ago. Recently I've noticed that Mom gets very agitated in the early part of the evening. She seems nervous, paces the floor anxiously, and has become both more confused and more combative. I am having a hard time coping with these new behaviors. Is there anything I can do?

Letter to Maman

Letter to Maman

You call out Papa: I answer.

You call out Maman: I answer.

A Guide to Taking Care of Yourself

"The care you give to yourself is the care you give to your loved one," said a caregiver. Absolutely the easiest thing for someone to say and the hardest thing to accept is the advice to take care of yourself as a caregiver. It is often hard to see beyond the care tasks that await you each morning.


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